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Current Season

The Theatre Department produces an annual season of plays, offering a variety of performance and technical opportunities for both students and community members. The season includes classic and contemporary works, musicals, and children’s plays. All academic productions are free to the public and seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. No tickets and no reservations.

Spring 2018

Special Encore performances — one day only!
This Fall 2017 production has been Invited to the Region 5 Kennedy American College Theatre Festival.

Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph
Director: Beate Pettigrew
Bodker Black Box Theatre

Saturday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., & 7:30 p.m.

Doug and Kayleen meet at the nurse's office in their elementary school; she's got a painful stomach ache, and he's all banged up from a running dive off the roof of the school. Over the next 30 years, these scar-crossed lovers meet again and again, brought together by injury, heartbreak, and their own self-destructive tendencies. This is an unconventional love story about the intimacy between two people when they allow their defenses to drop and their wounds to show.

Fisherman and the Goldfish — Now on Tour!
Director: Aubrey Urban

Tour Times/Dates/Locations

Friday, Feb. 16: Brookwood Elementary (2 p.m.)
Friday, Feb. 23: Corinth Elementary (1:30 p.m.)
Friday, March 2: Apache Elementary (9:30 a.m. & 10:15 a.m.); Overland Christian (1:30 p.m.)
Friday, March 9: Oak Park Library (10:30 a.m.-open to public); Mahaffie Elementary (2 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.)
Friday, April 6: Brookridge Elementary (9 a.m. & 9:30 a.m.); Trailwood Elementary (2 p.m.)
Friday, April 13: Christa McAuliffe Elementary (1:30 p.m.)
Friday, April 20: Comanche Elementary (2 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.)
Friday, April 27: M.E. Pearson Elementary (2 p.m.)
Friday, May 4: Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch (6:30 p.m.-open to the public)

Appropriate for all ages.

Based on a Russian story by Alexander Pushkin, this is the tale of an old fisherman who catches a glistening, talking goldfish.  The beautiful fish promises the old man anything he desires, if he will just release the fish back into the sea.  The old fisherman is struck by wonder, and kindly releases the fish without making any wish or demand.  But when he returns home to tell his wife of this wondrous thing, she scolds him and sends him back time after time to the fish, with wishes for more and bigger things each time.  See what happens as the wife's greed gets the better of her!

In addition to performances on campus, the JCCC children's play annually tours to schools, libraries and other locations. If you'd like to book the tour at your venue, please email Professor Timothy Noble, tour manager, or call him at 913-469-8500, ext. 3982

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown by Clark Gesner
Dog Sees God by Bert V. Royal
Director: Guy Gardner
Polsky Theatre

April 27-29, May 4-6
Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m.

This inventive concept will introduce audiences to two shows in one production. 

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is appropriate for all ages. Dog Sees God is appropriate for ages 16 and older. The two shows will be separated by an intermission, allowing younger audiences to see Charlie Brown only.

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised) is a fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic. Sally Brown joins Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Snoopy in this version.  

Dog Sees God takes us into the teenage years: when Charlie Brown's dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group's bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that's both haunting and hopeful.